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Review: The Doobie Brothers fantastic at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Includes first-hand account)

As The Doobie Brothers took the Jones Beach stage, they were greeted with a warm standing ovation from the Long Island audience. They began their set with the infectious “Jesus Is Just Alright,” where Patrick Simmons sang lead vocals, as the stage was graced in orange lights. They were able to get the crowd on their feet on “Rockin’ Down the Highway” and “Dependin’ On You” featured saxophone instrumentation from Marc Russo.

“How ya’ll doing?” lead singer Tom Johnston asked the fans. “You came here to rock didn’t you? You came to the right place,” he informed the audience, prior to singing “World Gone Crazy,” which emerged as the fan-favorite in the first half of their set-list. The audience was able to get up and dance and clap along with them. “Thank you very much,” he said, and he immediately introduced the members of his iconic band.

They continued with “Neal’s Fandango” with John McFee on pedal steel guitar. “South City Midnight Lady” consisted of strong velvet vocals from Simmons and Johnston, which garnered a standing ovation. “Eyes of Silver” had a funky, R&B vibe to it, while “Takin’ It to the Streets” began with an impressive piano-driven solo.

“Don’t Start Me Talkin'” was a lengthy yet rocking jam that featured acclaimed guitarist Scott Sharrard from Gregg Allan’s band as their musical guest, and they nailed it, hence it earned them yet another standing ovation. Their rendition of the chart-topping single “Black Water” was captivating, coupled with strong fiddle accompaniment by McFee. They paraphrased its lyrics towards the end to “New York mama come and take me by the hand,” which was an added treat for their New York fan-base.

They closed their set with “Long Train Runnin’,” and returned for a two-song encore which included the uptempo rocking number “China Grove” and “Listen To The Music.”

The Verdict

Overall, The Doobie Brothers were able to deliver at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Their set was memorable and nostalgic. Most importantly, it allowed all of their band members to shine on the vocals and it showcased their prowess on various musical instruments. All of the standing ovations that they received for tonight spoke volumes of their talent as a band and the relevance of their music. It is no wonder that they have been inductees of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame for well over a decade. They are worth seeing live whenever they are in town. Their Long Island concert garnered an A rating.

For more information on The Doobie Brothers and their tour schedule, check out their official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 19,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a seven-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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